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FACTSHEET | June 3, 2022

Space Delta 2 - Space Domain Awareness (SDA)

Space Delta 2 (DEL 2) prepares, presents, and fights with assigned and attached forces executing combat-ready Space Domain Awareness operations to maintain freedom of action for US, allied and commercial partners; and to close the kill-chain in order to protect and defend the United States and our allies from attack in, from, and to space.

Space Delta 2 is headquartered at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, with mission, personnel, and functions distributed across multiple worldwide locations, including:

  • Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
  • Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
  • Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico
  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • Maui, Hawaii
  • Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Virginia
  • RAAF Edinburgh, Australia
  • PJOB Diego Garcia
  • USAF Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

 

HISTORY

Space Delta 2 was activated July 24, 2020 during a ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. It was formed from the 21st Operations Group, and the units with a primary mission of providing Space Domain Awareness were aligned under Space Delta 2.

 

MISSION

The DEL 2 mission is to prepare, present, and fight with assigned and attached forces executing combat-ready Space Domain Awareness operations to maintain freedom of action for US, allied and commercial partners; and to close the kill-chain in order to protect and defend the United States and our allies from attack in, from, and to space.

DEL 2 partners with the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Orbital Warfare, and Missile Warning Deltas to maximize mission success. SDA includes the dynamic integration of ISR, metric observations, and environmental monitoring to enable space battle management and support multi-domain operations.

 

The DEL 2 mission involves three distinct areas of focus:

Prepare: DEL 2 prepares combat-minded warfighters and readies cutting-edge weapons systems for fast-paced multi-domain operations.

Present: DEL 2 leads Space Domain Awareness operational planning and presents combat-ready forces and equipment in support of United States Space Command (USSPACECOM).

Fight: If deterrence fails, DEL 2, in coordination with Joint Force Commanders (JFCs), inter-agency partners, and allied partners will lead the protection and defense of our combined interests in the space domain.

 

VISION

The DEL 2 vision is that Sentinels are the Foundation of Space Superiority -- Always Vigilant, Always Above!

 

PRIORITIES

In order to accomplish the mission, in line with the vision, the following are the priorities of DEL 2:

  • Prepare combat-ready, ISR-led, cyber-secure SDA force​
  • Develop & support guardians, airmen & families​
  • Build & improve partnerships​
  • Conduct world-class SDA operations